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The cave

The cave


Tour description

The cave, where an important repository of remains of over 500 cave bears (ursus spelaeus) were found, is situated on the eastern side of Monte Generoso. These lived and became extinct on Monte Generoso between 30-50'000 years ago. The cave has been prepared in a way that enables everyone, not only paleontologists, to visit.
During the excavations in the cavern (bear cave), a number of relics have come to light that can be attributed to Neanderthal Man, who lived in the period between 40,000 and 60,000 years ago. Four items were found, the first two were found in 1998 and the rest in 2002, discovered in the “Sala Terminale” (the End Room).
The cavern with important relics is located 30 minutes from the Restaurant Vetta on Italian territory. The path leading to it is convenient and well signposted.


Variante A: From the Restaurant Vetta the summit can be reached by a walk of 15 minutes. From the top there are magnificent sweeping views over the italian lake region, the Lombard plain to the Apennines and the Alpine range from the Eiger and the Jungfrau over to the Matterhorn un to Monte Rosa.


Guided tour. Before leaving for the cave, entrance tickets should be bought in Capolago or from the cash-desk of the self-service restaurant. The guide awaits visitors in the cave.

Period advised: May and october only for groups (booking) / June – september for everybody

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Places along the route: Stne. Monte Generoso - Grotta dell'orso


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Tour history (B01039)

First published: Donnerstag, 29. März 2007

Last updated: Dienstag, 28. Januar 2014

Tour published by: Presented by www.mendrisiottoturismo.ch

Tour characteristics

Distance: 1.8 km | Time requirement: 1½ h
Ascent: 20 m | Descent: 20 m
Highest point: 1601 m.a.s.l.

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See also

Ente Turistico del Mendrisiotto e Basso Ceresio
Via Luigi Lavizzari 2
CH-6850 Mendrisio
Tel: +41 91 641 30 50
Fax: +41 91 641 30 59
E-Mail: info@mendrisiottoturismo.ch
Internet: www.mendrisiottoturismo.ch

Ferrovia Monte Generoso SA
CH-6825 Capolago
Tel: +41 (0)91 630 51 11
Fax: +41 (0)91 648 11 07
Internet: www.montegeneroso.ch
E-Mail: info@montegeneroso.ch